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The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School at Dun Laoghaire have announced one final chance to get your sea survival training completed before the end of the year. Kenny Rumball will be delivering a course on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th of December in advance of a busy 2023 offshore racing season, including an expanded ISORA calendar and the Fastnet Race.

The course takes place at the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School’s Dun Laoghaire West Pier clubhouse, with practical components running in the Monkstown Blue Pool. Course times are 9 am-5 pm each day, and included in the training are the components to qualify for the World Sailing Offshore Personal Safety Certificate. This would cover successful attendees for Categories 0, 1 and some Category 2 offshore races. It also meets the requirements for commercial endorsement for power and sail operators.

Kenny Rumball of the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School at Dun LaoghaireKenny Rumball of the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School at Dun Laoghaire

Kenny Rumball shares plans for 2023, “We’re about to publish an expanded programme of shore-based training and courses suitable for commercial operators. This is to build upon the return of our full range of advanced training courses this year that had been curtailed by the pandemic. It’s great to see the increased number of those interested in entering the marine industry, and we’ll play our part in supporting this”.

The school are shortly publishing dates for a wide range of Navigation and Theory courses, intermediate powerboat, advanced powerboat and Yachtmaster programmes.

For now, those interested in getting a pre-Christmas boating safety workout can join the Sea Survival Course on Wednesday, 14th and Thursday, 15th of December here.

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Saturday morning’s Irish National Sailing Club's Super Series attracted four RS Aeros (three 6s and a 7) and had five tight two-lap windward-leeward races writes Noel Butler.

Conditions were gusty and shifty, with everything from 10-20 kts in a very mild, almost warm southerly. Race Officer Kenny Rumball and his team of Heather Wright and INSS staff did a great job of putting the weather mark right on the median wind direction and running the races off sharply, minimising any waiting, even starting the Aeros while the other fleets were still racing.

The Super Series is unique to other racing offered in the bay as, unlike in the winter DMYC frostbites and DBSC summer series, the Aeros have their own start, as races are short and run as a sprint style this is a perfect opportunity for training for the larger national and regional events.

This Saturday saw the addition of three Fevas from the Irish National Sailing Schools Feva development squad, as the super series has the ability to run form both inside and outside the harbour depending on conditions it allows for an extremely safe environment for the young sailors, Coach Roann Mooney joined in a rib as a safety boat while also providing some coaching between races. The Short sprint style racing is such an amazing opportunity to gain vital experience in racing and developing skills first hand in a safe, fun and friendly environment while also providing a competitive element.

After plenty of thrills and spills, we adjourned back to the INSS terrace café for a hot drink and delicious gourmet sandwiches/wraps and some de-brief and gentle slagging, comparing capsizes and such!

Apart from the racing, this really was excellent training on par with the afternoon session in Howth the Friday before the Easterns. In my view, this sort of racing is the quickest way up the learning curve for anyone keen to make progress. For anyone who wants to get some intense Aero racing in a safe and friendly environment, the next race day is on Saturday, December 3rd, first start 10am.

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The Halloween Sailing course took place this week at the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School.

Great pirate fun was had by Sea Explorers, aged 4 to 6, from venturing along the seashore towards Seapoint to trying out their sea legs on the "pirate ship" in the harbour, while the weather was favourable!

Sea Explorers, aged 4 to 6, enjoy time afloat at Halloween Week at Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School Photo: INSSSea Explorers, aged 4 to 6, enjoy time afloat at Halloween Week at Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School Photo: INSS

Sea Explorers, aged 4 to 6, enjoy time afloat at Halloween Week at Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School Photo: INSSSea Explorers, aged 4 to 6, enjoy time afloat at Halloween Week at Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School Photo: INSS

Meanwhile, the older age groups managed some intensive sailing in the 7-10 years age group with Optimists and the 11-14 years age group with RS Zests, RS Fevas and Toppers, weather being moderate to fair for the majority of the days, allowing for plenty of sailing experience within the safe confines of the harbour.

Squibs are prepared for some harbour sailing at the Sea Explorers at Halloween Week at Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School Photo: INSSSquibs are prepared for some harbour sailing at the Sea Explorers at Halloween Week at Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School Photo: INSS

Conditions were to worsen mid-week, but didn't stop the two older groups from venturing out onto the water for a quick paddle in their boats. Later on, that same very wet day saw for some good marine and boat theory work take place indoors in the recently renovated clubhouse. Thankfully the much-improved weather on Thursday and Friday allowed for dinghy and keelboat sailing.

The school was generally abuzz this week with the 22 trainee dinghy instructors in for the week practising in the RS Quests.

Practising in the RS Quests at the Halloween Week at Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in Dun Laoghaire HarbourPractising in the RS Quests at the Halloween Week at Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in Dun Laoghaire Harbour

1720

As the Juniors were heading afloat, the school’s fleet of 1720s were coming ashore and the maintenance crew got to work on the annual winter jobs.

One of the 1720s was also prepared to participate in the DBSC Turkey Shoot starting on Sunday.

RS21

School instructors onboard this 1720 will be joined next weekend by the new RS21 keelboat currently competing at the World Championships in Croatia skippered by Kenny Rumball. Demonstrations of the RS21 are available on Sunday mornings and interested sailors should contact [email protected]

Shanahan Cup School’s Team Racing Event

Between the maintenance jobs, preparations continued for the school’s RS Feva fleet in advance of the Shanahan Cup School’s Team Racing Event hosted by the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in conjunction with Gonzaga College next Wednesday, 9th November. 72 sailors are signed up to compete, and the event is supported by the Irish RS Sailing agent MarineServices.ie.

Now, as the school looks forward to next Saturday's Sailing Junior Club series before the Christmas break, they hope to see the Halloween campers put into practice their new and enhanced sailing and seamanship skills learnt this week.

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MarineServices.ie, the Irish agent and distributor for RS racing Sailboats, is currently en route to Biograd na Moru in Croatia for the inaugural RS21 world championships.

The RS21 One Design is a modern keelboat designed with corinthian racing at its heart – keelboat racing the RS way.

Finished and completed so you can enjoy close one-design sailing without the complex choices.

The powerful rig and distinct chines are balanced by well-mannered boat handling and an ergonomic deck layout to ensure everyone sailing has a key role to play and yet ease of use. For those passionate about our planet, the RS21 was developed with sustainability at the core of its design, not only in terms of materials but also the carbon footprint of the supply chain, a reduction in single-use plastics and efficient logistics.

The powerful rig and distinct chines are balanced by well-mannered boat handling and an ergonomic deck layout to ensure everyone sailing has a key role to play and yet ease of useThe powerful rig and distinct chines are balanced by well-mannered boat handling and an ergonomic deck layout to ensure everyone sailing has a key role to play and yet ease of use

The RS21 International Class is going from strength to strength, with fleets growing over three continents and a national and international racing calendar that is escalating each year.

The RS21 International Class is going from strength to strengthThe RS21 International Class is going from strength to strength

Corinthian sailing, epically close racing and a class built around removing the arms race, the RS21 is the future of keelboat racing and everything you’d expect from an RS racing class.

The Irish team will be skippered by Kenny Rumball, with Andy Smith, Jonny Sargent and Sean Donnelly jumping on the boat for the first time.

All top-level sailors in their own disciplines, it is the first time the four sailors will have sailed together.

The team will have a solid four days of training before the event kicks off on the 3rd of November. The team is looking forward to learning a new boat but of particular interest for all members is the nifty retractable electric motor that deploys when required from the middle of the boat for ease of departure and return to the marina!

RS21 events are specifically designed to maximise fun on and off the water for their crews. Stunning locations with an action-packed social calendar await the team this week.

RS21 logo

At a meeting earlier in the week, this recipe is due to be launched in the UK and Ireland for the 2023 season.

Exact dates to be determined and defined but July's Dun Laoghaire Regatta is certainly on the cards.

The RS 21 class puts close racing over ultimate performance. Convenient ownership over complexity. It maximizes low maintenance. Comfortable ergonomics. Value. And pure sailing enjoyment. This is the boat to bring wider availability and popularity back to keelboat racing. RS Sailing’s sustainability focus has actively influenced the design, resulting in a boat built from eco-friendly materials, with multiple environmental attributes. It marks significant progress over previous generations. The RS21 is a safe purchase and assured of success.

The One-Design RS21 has an IRC rating of 0.949.

Following on from a successful European Championships in Malcesine, Lake Garda last year, the International RS21 Class expects around 40-50 RS21’s to compete for the honour of being crowned the first RS21 World Champion. Entries are expected from Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States, as well as the home nation, Croatia.

Unfortunately, the dates of this event mean the Irish boat will miss the initial race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series. However, the boat will return to Ireland in time for the remainder of the series. Any interested parties should contact [email protected] for a spin on this high-performance modern one-design keelboat.

To see what all the fuss is about, be sure to follow the action on the MarineServices.ie Instagram account, www.instagram.com/MarineServices.ie

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The 22nd of October was the first date in the 3 Saturday morning Super Series run by the Irish National Sailing Club.

MarineServices.ie as the RS agents are the event sponsors. The series, unlike other racing in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, offers unique sprint-style racing that sailors would not be accustomed to in their usual fleet events.

The series brings together Waszps, RS Aeros, RS 200s/400s and RS Fevas in a short windward leeward course, with two laps for the Waszps, RS 200s/400s and Aeros and one for the RS Fevas. Thus giving the ability to get in as many races as possible and giving sailors a new challenge.

The Irish National Sailing Club’s Super Series brings together Waszps, RS Aeros, RS 200s/400s and RS Fevas in a short windward leeward courseThe Irish National Sailing Club’s Super Series brings together Waszps, RS Aeros, RS 200s/400s and RS Fevas in a short windward leeward course

The morning started with race officer Kenny Rumball attempting to lay the racecourse out of the harbour; however, strong southerly gusts forced the decision to move the course inside the harbour in the hopes for more shelter.

The first race proved particularly challenging, with strong winds from the South/Southwest coming off the land. It soon proved too much for the RS Feva sailors who were sailing in the event as part of the previously reported Irish National Sailing and Powerboat schools initiative to stem the gap between training courses and racing.

The event started in the morning with 3 RS Aeros, 3 Waszps and 3 RS Fevas, with 1 more RS Aero and 2 Waszp joining after the first race. Shortly after the first race, the weather had different plans dying off, bringing light conditions and proving a real challenge for the Waszps who struggled to get enough speed required to foil. Thankfully as the wind continued to back, it increased again to a lovely 15kts.

The Waszp fleet was enjoying the fast foiling conditionsThe Waszp fleet was enjoying the fast foiling conditions

Roy Van Mannen and Noel Butler swapped 1st, and 2nd place finishes in the Aero Fleet. Sarah Byrne was in 3rd, with Daragh Mc Donagh sailing with the bigger 9 rig in 4th.

The Waszp fleet was enjoying the fast foiling conditions, Max Goodbody was very fast, but the persistent Marty O’Leary was always hot on his heels!

The Aero fleet was primarily sporting the new 6 rig that was developed to bridge the gap between the Aero 5 and the Aero 7. A major selling factor of the Aero is how easy it is to swap in between rig sizes. Sailors who may usually have opted for the slightly larger 7 rig in lighter summer air now have the opportunity to downsize just by a meter for the stronger winter winds. This allows Aero sailors of different sizes, genders, ages and fitness all to race competitively together and have the flexibility to change between rigs within a matter of minutes.

A fantastic day and we look forward to the next two races on Saturday, 12th November, and Saturday, 3rd December. We are happy to accept more entries for the remaining dates.

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The RS Feva Class is on the rebound in Dún Laoghaire thanks to the determined efforts of a small group of parents from the waterfront clubs and collaboration with RS Sailing agent MarineServices.ie. Last winter, plans were laid to see good numbers in the local RS Feva events and get boats not currently regularly on the water back racing, and Kenny Rumball was determined that the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School would play its part.

Heather from MarineServices.ie got to work and developed a one-stop Feva renewal clinic, assessing the current RS Fevas in the Dun Laoghaire waterfront clubs as well as the school to modernize control systems, rigging and sails.

As a result, there were six race-ready RS Fevas at the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School, and when word was put out to parents and students of the summer and winter programmes about a 6-week coaching programme culminating in participating in the RS Feva East Coast Championships, all 12 opportunities in this double-handed class were filled in under two days.

Heather from MarineServices.ie joined the sailing school’s coach Ronan Mooney to deliver the six Saturday morning training sessions. The school’s programmes have always emphasized participation and enjoyment, and serious racing doesn’t often feature as it has to be accomplished in a manner where all those participating feel an accomplishment, regardless of the results. So when the group met for the first time, the emphasis was on enjoying the event as nearly all of the group had never participated in a competitive sailing event.

After six weeks of coaching, the final crews of the five boats received a huge boost with five brand new RS Feva XL sails ahead of their inaugural competition. Keen to support the National Yacht Club in running the event, a RIB and crew from the school were on the water to assist in safety and event coordination. This also provided familiar faces to the school’s sailing crews, helping to disperse nerves that understandably are associated with any competitive event.

Racing at the RS Feva Easterns at Dun Laoghaire HarbourRacing at the RS Feva Easterns at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

A major highlight for the coaches was watching the five boats round the windward mark and without hesitation all hosting their kites despite some hesitation from others in the fleet and catching up as many as 5 places. “ We could not be more proud of them. These children had never been on a start line before and despite this all managed to come away with a prize and lots of laughs a fantastic weekend all round.” said Heather Wright who assisted in the coaching delivered by school instructor Ronan Mooney.

The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School would like to say a huge thanks to all involved in the event and for making the novice racers feel so welcome. “While the school might be new to this, don't you worry, this is just the beginning,” said Kenny Rumball, centre Principal and Irish RS Sailing agent.

Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School Team Results

  • 11th Overall: John Healy& Daniel Burns
  • 12th Overall: Finn Byrne & Joe Gaffney
  • 19th Overall: Kealan Reilly & Oisin O'Reilly
  • 20th Overall: Orla Casey & Carla Williamson
  • 21st Overall: Theo Homan & Manus O Baoighill
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The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School have launched their Autumn recruitment campaign. While the Summer programmes in the Dun Laoghaire Sailing School are still in full swing preparations are underway for the September – November period which requires an increase in the school's workforce.

Operations Manager Glyn Williams reports a continued upswing in beginner course demand matching that seen during the latter half of 2021 and a new demand for these new sailors now wanted to undertake training at the next level. There’s such a demand that a new recruitment campaign is underway with watersport and instructor roles for all levels and qualifications. The team at the school are focusing in particular on Dinghy Instructors for their weekday school programmes, powerboat instructors for weekend courses right up to the end of November and Cruising Instructors for the 2023 season.

Speaking as the recruitment campaign got underway, Chief Instructor Kenneth Rumball describes the schools’ plans for the remainder of 2022 and into 2023 ”We’ve set out to assist newcomers to the sport as well as providing upskilling opportunities for those who took up watersports during the pandemic”.

To help fulfil their ambitions, a recruitment campaign is currently underway for Irish Sailing Dinghy Instructors, Irish Sailing Powerboat Instructors and Cruising Instructors. All roles have the benefit of a full time admin and operations support team, “allowing instructors to focus on what they do best – the teaching” according to Kenneth Rumball. 

The school's dedicated recruitment section can be viewed here

Glyn Williams is available for enquiries and submissions of CVs on [email protected]

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Here's a May update from the Offshore Academy, it's been a bumper month so let’s get you caught up! This month was primarily focused around the Allmer Cup in Le Havre but that’s not to mention, there were plenty of adventures along the way! Feel free to send on our adventures to others that may be interested!

Offshore racing is all about the racing, well yes but what can be lost behind the fanfare, flags and most reports is the logistical challenges that are there behind these projects…. For the Le Havre Allmer Cup this year, we were faced with the necessity to move the boat, van trailer and assist three other Figaros to get from Port La Foret, our home port, up around North Western France, across the Cherbourg peninsula and to Le Havre, a 300nm delivery, 5 hours by road or nearly 3 days on the boat, not ideal rest before a solo offshore event.

Faced with light winds for the delivery, it was obvious we would be spending a lot of time under the engine so with extra diesel cans on board, we left Port La Foret in the early hours of the morning with the intention of heading directly to Le Havre, with the potential to stop in Roscoff or Cherbourg for a pit stop. We had a convoy of myself, Conor Fogerty of Ireland on his boat RAW, Tiphaine and Ahmad on Pier Cophams boat, Voile Des Agnes and Sanni Beucke would be joining us along the way as she was coming from Lorient, about 30 miles south of Port La Foret.

Those who sail regularly will know the potential risk of lots of time under engine due to light and fickle winds, there is the huge risk of runner over and getting fouled in Lobster pot markers, this risk is increased ten fold when at night when it is impossible to see the markers. As our delivery had seen little to no wind, we had as a group decided to make a pit stop in Roscoff to get some rest and top up on diesel. About midnight in the pitch-black dark of night, thankfully only 2 miles from Roscoff but very close to the island of Ile De Batz the engine came to a very sudden and abrupt stop! Being in the dead of night it was very hard to see how badly the propellor was wrapped but worryingly there were two narrow aluminium, staffs running out from the back of the propellor, this was no simple wrap! Here we were in the dead of night, disabled in no wind but close to Roscoff but in notoriously fast-flowing and dangerous tides. My training group from La Rochelle had pulled into Roscoff a day earlier so thankfully Alexi Thomas and Swann answered my desperate phone call for help and came out in a RIB to tow me into the safe haven of Roscoff. Tired, relieved, frustrated but most importantly in a safe haven it quickly became apparent that the best course of action was to get some sleep and deal with it in the morning…

The Allmer Cup at Le Havre marinaThe Allmer Cup at Le Havre marina

What came next is just the pinnacle display of kindness and help to a solo sailor in need. Tired and urgently looking to get on the way to Le Havre, I wandered up to the Captainerie (Harbour Master) to explain my plight and look for help. The lady behind the counter immediately understood the situation I was in, faster than I could think, there was a RIB alongside my boat towing me over to the travel hoist to lift the boat out where the staff of the marina and yard were on hand, tools at the ready to free my propellor, before I knew, it, my baot was back in the water on a berth alongside my friends and fellow Figarists, propellor free an dready to continue my delivery when I chose. Somehow I had managed to mow over the flag staff of a lobster pot marker wrapping the aluminium staff of the lobster pot, the equivalent of an Optimist sprit, around my propellor shaft 3 times…. I cannot thank the staff of marina in Roscoff for their immediate help and gratuity to a foreign solo sailor. I was bowled over when I went into pay for everything and they waived all the bills!!! Tahnkyou!

After all this drama, I quickly came to the realisation it would be best to forgo continuing my delivery that day and spend a night on the marina, have a good meal with my friends from La Rochelle and leave as part of a bigger convoy the next day. A great decision as the rest of the delivery was painless and we arrived in Le Havre incident free 28 hours later. We arrived on the 18th of May, with plenty of time to rest ahead of the Le Havre Allmer Cup.

The Le Havre Allmer Cup is a challenging event with a long offshore stage and two coastal races mixing offshore strategy and sailing with inshore boat handling and intensity. Due to weather complexities and the potential of the Royal Navy practising live firing off the south coast of the UK, our offshore course was subject to change. Yann Chateau was our director of racing and is one the best, he is the model of race director who is totally on top of his game, in touch with competitors and spectators alike and someone I would place full trust in for any offshore race management. Yann gave us an excellent course that would take us out of Le Havre, North to the Needles fairway buoy off the Solent, westerly to Eddystone Lighthouse and the south to a buoy in the channel of the entrance to Roscoff before heading east, through the challengine tides in the channel islands, up over the Cherbourg peninsula and back to le Havre, some 450 miles! The weather forecast was relatively stable which would see light in fickle winds as far as the Needles fairway buoy before and building upwind leg to Eddystone followed by largely downwind reaching and running conditions back to home.

We started the race well rounding in light conditions the first top mark in the top 10 before having a disastrous downwind leg and getting clear to head towards the UK in the bottom 10!!!! In light winds, it became a speed test in reaching conditions with lots of peeling (sail changing) between the gennaker (Code 0) and big spinnaker with no sleep to cross the English Channel north to the Needles Fairway buoy just west of the entrance to the Needles. Despite my best efforts in fleet where there was a lot of expansion and compression of the fleet, I rounded the fleet in the bottom end ahead of a long beat westwards to the Eddystone lighthouse.

Our upwind slog Westwards was long with the complexities of the tide on the South Coast of the UK and the fact that we managed to hit almost every headland against the tide which made the best long, very long, almost 24 hours to the minute to get from the Needles Fairway to the Eddystone lighthouse. There is very little to report on this leg, inshore to get out of the tide, then offshore to get into the tide when preferable to make way west along our route, there was a change to the sailing instructions forcing us to go south of a line between two waypoints as the Royal Navy were using the area for some target practise which caused some fun and amusement along the way.

Finally around 0800 French time after short tacking in off Start Point through the night, we rounded Eddystone lighthouse to be able to make our way south towards what was originally supposed to be a mark off Roscoff but a change in the course meant we were heading slightly further East to a mark called La Jument des Héaux which is about 30 miles east of Roscoff and a mark I remember well from rounding during the Solitaire 2 years ago on the legs in and out of St Breuic! Downwind sailing, sun out, 12-15kts of steady wind allowed time to dry the boat, get some rest and eat some food…. The leg was very straight forward, 145 True Wind Angle the whole way to the mark. Despite the simplicity of the leg, by the bottom mark I had regained 4 places!

A gybe at the mark and then it was a tighter reach along the French coast towards Guernsey, where we thankfully were fighting tide as we approached the channel islands but the good news is that we were then to have the notorious tides around the Cherbourg peninsula with us as we crossed the top of the peninsula, to head back towards le Havre!

The remainder of the race was very straight forward after this with a few gybes over the top of Cherbourg, reaching and running all the way home! In this race I finished up 20th which I was reasonably happy about. The placing was not the most important thing, what was more important was to prove to myself that I had the speed in the relevant areas to be able to sail with the pack and pick off a few places from time to time! Bed time was followed the next day by a Pro-Am day where the two Irish skippers Tom Dolan and Kenny Rumball took some winners or a radio competition racing in J80s off Le Havre, great fun and a fantastic opportunity to get sailing in a relaxed environment!

A Pro-Am day where the two Irish skippers Tom Dolan (second from right) and Kenny Rumball (left)A Pro-Am day where the two Irish skippers Tom Dolan (second from right) and Kenny Rumball (left)

Friday and Saturday were coastal race days, a race a day of about 30 miles. Race one was. A simple loop around the end of the shipping channel in Le Havre and back to a finish line similar to where we finished the offshore. This race was in 15kts of wind mostly, dying to 12kts at the end. A silly mistake at the first windward mark cost a lot of places, however a solid 18th kept me content despite losing a lot of places initially! The final coastal day race on Saturday started with a windy reach and then a long tactical challenging upwind to the nearby port entrance of Antifer before a long run home. I sailed well in this race to post my best result of the series, with a great result of 9th which I was content with but my coach stated that it was about time I sailed to my potential.

With no time to spare, as soon as we hit the dock, it was time to swap sails and get the boat delivered to Ireland for the Round Ireland Race. Luzerne Under 25 team from Ireland had arrived to bring the boat back to Dublin. This is a key component of the Academy. Here we are supporting four U25s in their ques to compete in the SSE Renewables Round Ireland race. The Academy is supporting the team in terms of boat charter, coaching on the water, navigation preparation, food selection etc, exactly what the Academy was setup to do.

A final shakedown race on the J121 DarkwoodA final shakedown race on the J121 Darkwood

No rest for Kenny, I was home for a only a short few days before it was off to the UK for a final shakedown race on Darkwood the J121 which I will be onboard for the Round Ireland this year!

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Coming up next on the solo calendar of the French Classe Figaro circuit in Le Havre is the All Mer Cup, running from the 20th to the 28th of May.

Similar to the recent Solo Maitre Coq, competitors will face a long offshore leg of around 340 nautical miles, which sends the fleet in a rectangle around the English Channel, starting and finishing in Le Havre. A day of rest before two coastal races in and around le Havre to wrap up the series!

For this fifth edition, there is a fleet of around 30 Figaro Bénéteau 3 expected at the fleet of the Société des Régates du Havre. And for this edition, there is a new race officer, Yann Château.

The last edition of this event was held in 2018; due to Covid and other factors, the previous editions have not been possible. As with all events in the Championship Elite, there will be full festivities and a social calendar for skipper and their support teams.

Ireland will be represented by three skippers, including Tom Dolan, who has already competed in the Allmer Cup in previous editions. Kenny Rumball and Conor Fogerty, are competing in the event for the first time. All 3 Irish boats are already in the race village, with the official days for boat arrival, safety, security and inspections starting on the 20th.

Kenny Rumball's offshore support van Kenny Rumball's Offshore Academy support van

It was a busy time for all boats having to complete a near 300 mile delivery from their home ports of Port La Foret. Thankfully Marcus Hutchinson, who is supporting several boats was on hand to move the support van and trailer to the event for the teams.

It is pre-event rest and recovery, planning and weather analysis ahead of the start on Sunday!

The 340nm offshore course of the All Mer CupThe 340nm offshore course of the All Mer Cup

The first race, 340nm offshore, is scheduled to start at 1600hrs French time on Sunday the 22nd. Tracking the race and event updates will be possible on the official event website here.

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The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in Dun Laoghaire Co.Dublin is expanding their office team with a new part-time position for the weekday mornings.

The team is growing in line with increasing participation numbers and demand for sailing and powerboat training.

The office team plays an integral part in all the aspects of the busy training centre, supporting a team of 80 instructors delivering training to over 8,000 participants annually.

Full details of the role can be viewed below.

  • Role: Office Administrator
  • Start Date: Immediate
  • Role Type: Part Time

We’re looking for an Office Administrator to join our team. The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School operates year-round running sailing and powerboating training courses for children and adults.

About the Role
We are looking for a part-time candidate (mornings) to join our busy office team for approximately 20 hours per week.

General Information
Knowledge, Qualifications and Experience required:

  • Competent with Microsoft Office packages, outlook, excel, word
  • Experience of reception duties
  • Previous customer service experience
  • Previous experience with telephone bookings, ideal but not essential

Personal Qualities:

  • Mature approach and attitude to work
  • Good phone manner
  • Ability to solve problems and work under pressure
  • Approachable, welcoming, friendly, and enthusiastic
  • Able to communicate well with clients and staff of all ages
  • Self-motivated, Punctual & Organised
  • Knowledge of sailing is an advantage but is not essential. Full training will be provided.

Application Process
Please submit a CV to [email protected] with “Office Administration Role” in the subject line.

If you're a suitable candidate an interview will be organised.

The position is for an immediate start.

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